Denver, Colo. – Cold War Patriots (CWP), a community resource organization that is the nation’s strongest and most sustained voice advocating for worker benefits, will host free information events for Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant (A-Plant), Fernald, Mound and GE workers on April 2 in Portsmouth, April 3 in Piketon, April 4 in Miamisburg, and April 5 in Hamilton. The meetings are at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. each day.
At the events, workers will obtain information about how the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA) relates to their current health status. Additionally, for workers who already have their U.S. Department of Labor white medical benefits card and attend a morning session, Professional Case Management (PCM) will introduce its In-Home Care and Impairments Programs. Through these divisions, CWP makes it even easier for nuclear weapons workers to maximize the benefits they have earned. It can also help workers increase the monetary compensation for which they qualify.
“We guide workers through the process of applying for benefits then help them maximize monetary compensation and health benefits,” says Tim Lerew, CWP Chairperson. “It’s the least we can do for these workers who have given so much to their country.”
The 10 a.m. session is customized for workers who have already applied for EEOICPA benefits and have either been awarded a U.S. Department of Labor white medical benefits card or have a pending claim. At the morning session, participants will learn:
· How to file for medical expense reimbursement
· How impairment evaluations can help them qualify for additional monetary compensation
· Why they should add conditions to an existing claim
· Why in-home care might be beneficial to them
· What to do if some of their claims have been approved (or are pending) while others have been denied
The 2 p.m. session is for workers who haven’t yet applied for benefits or those whose claims have been denied. Afternoon participants will learn:
· If they qualify for up to $400,000 in monetary compensation and free healthcare
· How to apply for benefits
· What benefits are included
· How to reopen denied claims
Lerew says anyone who worked at a nuclear weapons facility is invited to attend one of the events. At the meetings, representatives will be available to help workers understand the monetary and medical benefits available to them – including home healthcare – and to offer available resources to help guide them through the EEOICPA programs.
The EEOICPA program is administered by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and offers monetary compensation and healthcare benefits to workers who participated in the nuclear weapons program from 1942 until the present day and became sick because of radiation exposure or other toxic substances. Learn more at https://www.dol.gov/owcp/energy/.
About Cold War Patriots (CWP)
Cold War Patriots (CWP) is a division of Professional Case Management (PCM), which provides specialized in-home healthcare services to nuclear weapons and uranium workers. CWP is a community resource and advocacy organization and the nation’s strongest and most sustained voice to advocate for worker benefits. CWP helps former nuclear weapons and uranium workers get the recognition, compensation and care they have earned. CWP, the first national organization to connect workers with benefits, does this work for free on behalf of its members. Visit www.coldwarpatriots.org or call 888-903-8989 for more information.
Meeting times and locations:
Scioto County Welcome Center
342 Second St.
Piketon Comfort Inn
Mound Science & Energy Museum
1075 Mound Rd.
Fernald Preserve Visitors Center
7400 Willey Rd.